Seattle's International District
Collected by Stephanie Perry , AFAR Local Expert
Seattle's own Chinatown, or International District, is relatively compact in size, but full of savory dim sum, bustling markets, independent boutiques, and museums. Bring your appetite!
225 12th Ave #101, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
Who has the best banh mi? That's a question that could be debated endlessly - but Saigon Deli, in the International District, is a strong contender. For just $2.50, you get a fresh, crusty baguette stuffed with meat or tofu (the BBQ pork is...
1400 S Lane St, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
The Dearborn Goodwill store is the biggest in Seattle, so try not to get overwhelmed when you walk into this roughly Costco-sized warehouse. Everything from men's and women's clothing and shoes, housewares, furniture, toys and games, and oddball...
664 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
There are plenty of great dim sum restaurants in Seattle's International District, aka Chinatown, but Duk Li is a personal favorite. While they don't wheel carts full of steamer baskets around the restaurant, the food is served up fresh, fast, and...
508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
At the Seattle Pinball Museum, everything may be behind glass, but nothing is hands-off! The owners have a rotating collection of pinball machines, usually about 30 at a time, ranging from old-timey wooden boxes to modern games with tons of bells...
660 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
With one of the largest Cambodian communities outside of Southeast Asia, the Seattle area is an ideal place to be introduced to Khmer cuisine. Twenty five years ago, the family-run Phnom Penh Noodle House in the Chinatown/International District...
1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
There’s some confusion about this place’s real name — even the restaurant can’t seem to decide whether it’s 7 Stars Peppers, 7 Stars Pepper, or something else. But whatever you call it, they make some mean hand-shaven noodles. Highlights of their...
614 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Bush Garden is indeed a Japanese restaurant serving sushi, donburi, ramen, and teriyaki, but more importantly, it’s one of the strangest, most entertaining karaoke joints in Seattle. Karaoke starts at 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 5...
608 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Chinatown, aka the International District, isn’t all souvenir stores and dim sum; there are museums, galleries, and indie boutiques like Tuesday Scarves. Owner/designer Rian Robison's tiny shop is brightly decorated with long, looped infinity...
524 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Home of the hand-shaved green barley noodles! If you’ve never had hand-shaved noodles, you owe it to yourself to try them (although I personally prefer 7 Star Pepper’s). Thick, irregularly cut, and chewy, they’re substantial, delicious, and soak...
Uwajimaya Village, 525 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Located inside Seattle’s Uwajimaya Asian grocery store, Kinokuniya is a one-stop shop for Asian magazines, books, manga, stationery, and writing supplies. Even if you’re Japanese-illiterate, it’s a fun place to wander around...
304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
It may not look like much from outside, but Maneki is a cozy and inexpensive family-run Japanese restaurant serving sushi and other traditional fare. The best values are the combo dinners, which are under $20 and include sunomono, miso, rice, tea,...
419 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Banh mi shops inspire fierce loyalty among their fans, and Sub Sand has a strong following. They’re a little more expensive than some of the other Vietnamese delis in the neighborhood, but their subs are almost all under $5; the lemongrass chicken...
424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Dim sum lines can get painfully long on weekends and Jade Garden is no exception, but they have a large dining room and seem to turn over tables faster than other places, so the wait usually isn’t too bad. If it’s busy and you’re willing to share...
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
One of the country's largest Asian markets, this massive complex has anchored the International District since 1928—and contains a Japanese bookstore, a 12-station food court, and a Taiwanese hot-pot hot spot: The Boiling Point. Its shelves...
Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Although it looks impressively historical, the Chinese gate at the entrance to Seattle’s International District is actually quite recent — it debuted in 2008. The gate is designed with traditional Chinese motifs and colors, including auspicious...
600 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Located in the International District in Uwajimaya’s food court, Unicone serves up very thin, Japanese-style crepes, filled with sweet or savory toppings and rolled up in a paper cone. Half the fun is watching them make the crepes before your...
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